Unlike at Eurovision and national selections like Sweden’s Melodifestivalen where the running order is producer-led, the Vidbir draw is completely random.
Each of the 16 acts had to draw a card during a special conference on 22 January. The card indicated both the semi-final number and the performer’s place in the line-up.
Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020: Running Order
- Jerry Heil
- Katya Chilly
- Moonzoo feat. F.M.F. Sure
- Fo Sho
- Elina Ivashchenko
- Oleksandr Poriadynskyi
- David Axelrod
Vidbir 2020: Key Facts
Following 2019’s withdrawal, Ukraine’s broadcasters UA:PBC and STB have once again joined forces to organise Vidbir, Ukraine’s national final
The acts are divided into two semi-finals on 8 and 15 February. Three acts will progress from each semi, resulting in a six-song final on 22 February.
The winner will be decided by a split of votes from a jury – consisting of 2006 Eurovision entrant Tina Karol, Andriy Danylko and radio exec Vitalii Drozdov – and the public.
In a bid to avoid the controversy which erupted after Maruv’s 2019 victory, entrants must not have performed in the territory of the Russian Federation since 2014. They also can’t have entered Crimea “in violation of the legislation of Ukraine”. Furthermore, they cannot have plans to do either during the competition or Eurovision.
This rule change comes in the wake of the chaotic Vidbir 2019, which saw the winner Maruv withdraw due to a breakdown in contract negotiations. Much of the disagreement related to the singer’s close ties to Russia.
These links came centre stage when Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala pointed a finger at the “Siren Song” singer and asked her an “uncomfortable question” on the issue.
Ukraine and Russia have been in conflict since 2014 when the latter illegally annexed the Crimean peninsula.
Maruv’s withdrawal triggered a spectacular chain of events which resulted in the second and third place acts, Freedom Jazz and Kazka, also turning down the offer to represent Ukraine in Tel Aviv. The country called it quits before fourth-place finishers Brunettes Shoot Blondes had the opportunity to say no.
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